How the "Politically Correct" Stole Christmas

@sbeauty (5867)
United States
December 4, 2006 8:59pm CST
I received another e-mail which I'd like to share with those of you who haven't already seen it. How sad, and how true! T'was the month before Christmas When all through our land, Not a Christian was praying Nor taking a stand. Why the Politically Correct Police had taken away, The reason for Christmas - no one could say. The children were told by their schools not to sing, AboutShepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things. It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say December 25th is just a "Holiday". Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it! CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod Something was changing, something quite odd! Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda. As Targets were hanging their trees upside down At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found. At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears. nclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty Are words that were used to intimidate me. Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton! At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter. And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace. The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded The reason for the season, stopped before it started. So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream Tree" Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me. Choose your words carefully, choose what you say Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS , not Happy Holiday!
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@Horizons (53)
• United States
5 Dec 06
This is just too close to the truth to be truly funny. A few years ago I remember hearing about how Sears did not offer Christmas Cards which said Merry Christmas - in order not to offend anyone. Personally, I am offended they did not offer cards which specifically name the Christmas holiday. Last year there were the reports that Wal-Mart employees weren't supposed to say "Merry Christmas". Both stores were, of course, quite anxious to sell us all kinds of gifts and decorations to celebrate Christmas with. Anyone even heard of the term "hypocritical"? If they are so worried about offending anyone, maybe they shouldn't sell so many products made in other countries...
@shellyrios (1212)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Wow, that is so true, and it's weird you brought it up because I was just pondering the fact that most people forget the true meaning of Xmas and it also happens on Easter too. We try to incorporate the Christian meaning behind these two holidays so the boys know WHY we even have them....It's sad most people have forgotten.
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@caribe (2465)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Now that will make you stop in your tracks and think because it is all true. Fortunately, here in Nicaragua, Christmas and speaking of it is alive and well. I am happy for that particular freedom here. They may be lacking in money but they believe in the Bible and the story of Christ and Christmas.
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@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Thanks for sharing.
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@KrauseHome (36625)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Well, I have heard this one, and it is so True. We tend to get into too Big of a hurry anymore when it comes to the things of Life, and temd to forget the Small things, and the Great reasoning behind Christmas, and of Christ's birth.
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
5 Dec 06
amen, if you take the meaning out of Christmas, don't the retailers WIN????
@Thoroughrob (11746)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I like that!! How true it is. It is crazy that they want to take the word Christmas out of everything.
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
5 Dec 06
You're right, that's really sad.
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@arahul (41)
• India
5 Dec 06
I think you would be feeling the pain of losing your culture. The same thing CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES do through out the world. In the guise of spreading the word of BIBLE they unleash huge number of attrocities on non-christians.
• United States
5 Dec 06
I believe it's wrong to expect people to give up their own culture and traditions. Whenever they are barbaric, as is true also of the U.S. it's good if they have grown out of that, of course. We're all growing.. But I find it hard to believe christian missionaries are pepetuating atrocities. I would believe that to be for the higher part propaganda. I'm not sure, either as christian missionaries today expect countries to give up their customs. Although there is the tendency to not think it's in a country's best interests or safety to worship other 'gods' believing these are not 'gods' but attributes of God, separated from Him.. then like a shell, entities step in to that, becoming that 'god'...
@magikrose (5432)
• United States
5 Dec 06
It is really sad that this has to come out this way. Now being a non christian I still beileve that anyone should be able to celebrate christmas any way they feel is right. If that means honoring the birth of Jesus or celebrating Yule. No matter what we all reserve the right.
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• Canada
11 Dec 06
Yule Log - .JPG image of a traditional Yule log.  Happy Holidays
Hear hear! This is a time of celebration for many faiths, and all of them should be respected, not just the one practiced by the majority culture. And if you want to get technical, the "reason for the season," if you're looking for the holy Son born at this time of year, is Mithras, not Jesus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithras Just sayin'. ;) Merry Christmas AND Happy Holidays! ~Wyrdsister
@Asylum (47968)
• Manchester, England
5 Dec 06
This sounds like one of those cartoons where birthdays have been outlawed, but sadly there is a genuine element of reality behind it. I am an Englishman and will always uphold my own traditions despite what the Politically Correct may say, but too many people accept restrictions. What annoys me most is that all these stupid ideas come from people of my own culture who feel they need to prove that they are not against other's beliefs. I know and work with a lot of people from other religions who do not celebrate Christmas, but they never complain about my religion or culture, I also respect their beliefs. We get on just fine together and do not need other people to interfere with our relationship.
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Good comments! It made me think of an old saying, "You don't talk about religion or politics at work!" If you agree to disagree, or recognize that not everyone is going to think like you do, than everyone can get along a little better.
@Meljep (1668)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Wow, so true. How did we get from the law that says "Congress shall make no law to establish a state religion" to taking away Christmas? Makes no sense to me!
• United States
5 Dec 06
- because they have totally forgotten the very next words to that - "Congress shall make no law establishing religion, NOR SHALL THEY INHIBIT THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF." Guess this second part doesn't work on their behalf! The strange irony here is, we do have a state enforced faith! called 'scientific' atheism, which teaches all our children this fairy tail as if it were solid proven fact. I did an in depth study of this, and it is extremely far from being proven. As a matter of fact much of science disproves it! That makes it a faith. A teacher can-lose-their-job for bringing up any of the many questions concerning it. THAT is the enforcing a state mandated faith and belief.
• United States
5 Dec 06
I've often thought of that. Christmas is a Christian celebration! I always say "Merry Christmas!" I'm a Christian! I would expect Jewish members of the community to say "Happy Hanukkah!" It would not offend me in the least. I know that people have different beliefs. Christmas has become so commercialized. I hate that. It's the celebration of Christ, not how much I can spend or get.
@Aabid26 (11)
• Pakistan
5 Dec 06
You're right, that's really sad.
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@mikeyxclare (1097)
• United States
5 Dec 06
This is so true. Me and my step-dad were having a discussion about the same kinda thing not so long ago. About how it's just about the money these days and not actually being a family and sharing this holiday :[. it's quite sad. I've lost hope in Christmas in all.
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@rainbow (6762)
5 Dec 06
It's true! We've forgotten about the real reason behind Christmas. We are now taught about all sorts of religious festivals and although our village school do a Nativity that's as close as any of us get. Crimbo round the Crimbo tree watching TV A prezy for you, prezzy for me, a DVD It's sad really, no wonder peoples faith is shaky or liek mine - make up your own as you go long.
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• United States
5 Dec 06
That wa good thanks for sharing. I live in North Carolina and my son is in Kindergarden in a public school and they are having a Christmas play on Thursday about baby Jesus. My son is a shepard. SO maybe there is still hope for the schools around here.
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@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
5 Dec 06
This is absolutely true, and wonderful to hear someone say. The world has forgotten what Christmas is truly about. People have become to easily offended. I mean, if someone told me Happy Hannakuh(is that spelled right?) even if I don't celebrate that...I would not get offended. I would politely smile, say thank you, and wish them the same. There are to many people in the world to possibly meet all the demands and not offend a single person. People just need to get over it and enjoy the Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hannakuh, and whatever you celebrate season (hehe). I mean if you think about it, we are all ultimately wanting the same thing we just each see it differently. That should be something we celebrate...diversity, difference in opinion. Not something we argue about.
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@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
5 Dec 06
It is up to the people to insist on Christmas if this is what they have always celebrated. There is nothing wrong with different cultures, Indians celebrate divali, muslems have their own holidays, Jews have Hanukkah. I don't say Happy Holidays unless a know a person is Jewish or of another faith. I always say Merry Christmas and if I am not sure I add "if you are celebrating it". I live near Toronto in Canada and there is always a huge Christmas tree in front of city hall. A few years ago all of a sudden this tree was called the "Holiday Tree" It got on people's nerves and I guess there were a lot of complaints. Now this year the Christmas tree is back and the holiday tree is gone. I think we all should respect each other's cultures and traditions but where the majority of the population is Christian Christmas should be called just that.
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@alchemistrx (2553)
• Philippines
5 Dec 06
I have to agree with you. Jesus is the reason for the season and whether we can receive gifts or not. There has been warnings that the world will end because many as left Jesus in their hearts.It is also a season that we must prepare ourselves spiritually for his second coming.I am constantly praying that the situation of not knowing the real reason behind the season would not change amongst the youth of today.
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